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Monitoring Exchange Server 2010

In this chapter from MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-662): Configuring Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, you will look at monitoring Exchange databases and database statistics, how you configure message tracking and monitor transport queues and mail flow, and how you test and monitor connectivity for the various protocols that implement connectivity between both clients and servers and between the various Exchange Server roles.

To ensure that your Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 organization is operating reliably and efficiently, you need to monitor your Exchange Servers and make sure they are healthy. Proactive monitoring and preventive maintenance can help you identify potential errors before a serious problem interferes with Exchange operation.

Exam objectives in this chapter:

  • Monitor databases.

  • Monitor mail flow.

  • Monitor connectivity.

Lessons in this chapter:

  • Lesson 1: Monitoring Exchange Databases

  • Lesson 2: Monitoring Mail Flow

  • Lesson 3: Monitoring Exchange Connectivity

Before You Begin

In order to complete the exercises in the practice session in this chapter, you need to have done the following:

  • Installed the Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller VAN-DC1 and the Windows Exchange 2010 Enterprise Mailbox, Hub Transport, and Client Access server VAN-EX1 as described in the Appendix “Setup Instructions for Exchange Server 2010.”

  • Created the Kim Akers account with the password Pa$$w0rd in the Adatum.com domain. This account should be placed in the Domain Admins security group and be a member of the Organization Management role group.

  • Created the Don Hall account with the password Pa$$w0rd in the Adatum.com domain. This account should be placed in the Backup Operators security group (so it can be used to log on to the domain controller) and should be in the Marketing organizational unit.

  • Created mailboxes for Kim Akers and Don Hall, accepting the default email address format for the email addresses.